Ron Glass, Who Played a Dapper Detective on ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 71


Ron Glass as Ron Harris, a detective, in the television comedy “Barney Miller.”

ABC, via Associated Press

Ron Glass, who portrayed Ron Harris, the dapper and intellectual detective on the ensemble television comedy series “Barney Miller” and who appeared in numerous television shows and films, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The cause was respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, said.

Mr. Glass was nominated for an Emmy Award for supporting actor in 1982 for his performance on “Barney Miller,” which was set in a detective squad room in a rundown precinct house in Greenwich Village. The show, which aired from 1975 to 1982, was less police procedural and more about the foibles of its diverse characters on both sides of the law.